LACONIA — City Clerk Mary Reynolds clarified yesterday that there is no race this year for the Police Commission and that only voters in Wards 4 and 5 will be getting city ballots at Tuesday's primary election for the purpose of electing a School Board member from each. She was responding to a letter to the editor in Thursday's Daily Sun encouraging voters to write in the name, any name, for Police Commission.
Reynolds said voters in the other four wards will only be getting state ballots on Tuesday.
She also noted that the recent resignation of Ward 2 School Board member Beth Arsenault must be handled by the School Board through the process explained at the School Board meeting last Tuesday because her term doesn't expire until 2015.
Interested candidates should submit their letter of interest to the SAU at 39 Harvard Street, Laconia, N.H. 03246 before October 20. The School Board will interview and decide which candidate will serve until the the next election slated for Ward 2 School Board representative in 2015.
Reynolds said that voter in Tuesday's primary who are getting state ballots only cannot write in any recommendations for a city or School Board office because the electronic readers will reject any ballot that has writing in places where it doesn't belong.
As for the Police Commission, commissioners are elected in odd years. In 2013 Commissioner Armand Maheux ran unopposed for a four-year term as commissioner. In 2015, there will be two openings for Police Commission and it is way too early to know if incumbents Doug Whittum and Warren Clement will seek reelection.
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